Tag: Neoliberalism

Seven Theses on Trump

The response to the election of Donald Trump has been sweeping and swift. Massive and continual protests have taken place in a number of cities across the United States. Students have led walkouts and called for the creation of sanctuaries on many university campuses. A petition calling on the members of the Electoral College to…

Brexit: Whose Europe, Theirs or Ours?

Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. — Antonio Machado I. Introduction The referendum on whether or not Britain should remain within the European Union (EU) is now fully underway. This debate confronts socialists with a series of pressing tactical and strategic challenges,…

Nowhere Left to Dance: ScumTek, the Electronic Underground and Neoliberal Mainstreamism

As I sat down to write this piece on some of the less credited and understood sonorous movements in the UK and their affecting encounters with law, snippets of David Cameron’s pronouncements on ‘blitzing poverty’ and ‘bulldozing the UK’s worst sink estates’ transmute my rainy January Sunday a few weeks ago, and immediately there exists…

One no, many yeses! The Greek Referendum

A victory for OXI would not just help restore a sense of dignity to Greece; it would strengthen the ground for anti-austerity struggles across Europe. Today, Greece has an opportunity to make history. The brave decision by Prime Minister Tsipras to call a referendum on the creditors’ inhumane ultimatums has turned the tables. The government’s…

The TTIP: Back to the future?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a stark example of how the proliferation of international economic law during the past three decades is an essential part of the neoliberal agenda and therefore ‘part of the problem’.In 1954 the ordo-liberal economist1 W. Roepke was invited in the Hague to deliver a paper on the…

Politics in Times of Anxiety

A guest feature first posted on openDemocracy that provides a preview of the issues and problems to be discussed at the conference, Politics in Times of Anxiety, University of Manchester, June 9 – 11, 2014. Politics in Times of Anxiety springs from the 9/11 attacks, when public safety and security turned into a central concern across…

Six Theses on Anxiety & the Prevention of Militancy

Today’s public secret is that everyone is anxious. Anxiety has spread from its previous localised locations (such as sexuality) to the whole of the social field. All forms of intensity, self-expression, emotional connection, immediacy, and enjoyment are now laced with anxiety. It has become the linchpin of subordination. One major part of the social underpinning of anxiety is the multi-faceted omnipresent web of surveillance. The NSA, CCTV, performance management reviews, the Job Centre, the privileges system in the prisons, the constant examination and classification of the youngest schoolchildren. But this obvious web is only the outer carapace. We need to think about the ways in which a neoliberal idea of success inculcates these surveillance mechanisms inside the subjectivities and life-stories of most of the population.

The Market as the Unique Site of Truth: On Foucault & Milk

It is pos­sible that after the rise and the fall of the Keynesian gov­ern­ment­ality, the neo­lib­eral model of gov­ernance and leg­ality reaches its apogee in the af­ter­math of the 2008 crisis.Whom would you ask in order to check if the milk you are drinking is fresh? This trivial question can be answered in multiple ways.…

If the state isn’t a corporation, what might it become?

Can we use the dis­turb­ance of the nation-​state that neo­lib­er­alism is gen­er­ating to create space for other kinds of state paradigms?That British and other states are becoming increasingly privatised is the sad litany of our age. So too is the way states incorporate market principles of price and competition within their own internal governance structures.…

A Right to the University

The use of injunctions to quash protest is an indicator of how deeply privatisation has taken root in British universitiesOn 4 December, the University of London was granted an injunction from the High Court that prohibits ‘persons unknown (including students of the University of London) from ‘entering or remaining upon the campus and buildings of University of…

A Longer Road to Freedom: Addressing 21st Century Apartheids

Apartheid may of­fi­cially have ended in South African law and politics, but the world faces rap­idly con­sol­id­ating new forms of ‘apartheid’ with just as deadly an im­pact — but this time, on a global scale.The death of Nelson Mandela seems to unite minds and hearts the world over in a celebration of his life’s achievements and an…

Rape is Different: Academic Impact Sinks to New Lows

The neoliberalisation of the university could be undermining decades of progress in combatting rape myths.Two weeks ago the LSE Department of Law hosted its inaugural ‘Debating Law’ public event, drawing an audience that filled all 400 seats of its largest lecture theatre and working with the LSE’s events team to ensure the debate attracted maximum…

#ACCELERATE MANIFESTO for an Accelerationist Politics

Accel­er­a­tion­ism pushes towards a future that is more mod­ern, an altern­at­ive mod­ern­ity that neo­lib­er­al­ism is inher­ently unable to gen­er­ate. 01. INTRODUCTION: On the Conjuncture 1. At the beginning of the second decade of the Twenty-First Century, global civilization faces a new breed of cataclysm. These coming apocalypses ridicule the norms and organisational structures of the…

Blockupy and The Politics of Crisis

The politics of crisis speaks among other things to the inherent crisis within the capitalist process. Nonlinear studies of capitalism, for example, take a far more honest approach to their subject matter. One can read the theology that is neoclassical economics and despair that even the first steps of scientific method are ignored. The primary…

Stop the neo-liberal crisis politics – dispossess the beneficiaries!

New international call to Blockupy from attac academic advisors and others. Reposted from www.stop-neoliberal-crises-politics.org (in DE, FR, IT, ES there): We are experiencing the deepest crisis of capitalism since the great depression of the 30s – and the European governments continue to pour oil on the fires! From the very beginning, some governments have prevented…

What follows farce?

At this week’s UK Treasury Select Committee hearing on the Budget of 2012, attendees were invited to draw parallels between George Osborne’s view of economics and the military stratagems of Field Marshall Haig. It seems that the British Chancellor of the Exchequer has followed Haig in believing that the best way to confound one’s enemies…